Introduced in 1962, the 106-Series ‘2600’ range was a direct replacement for the preceding 102-Series ‘2000’ cars. Carrozzeria Touring and Bertone were responsible for the 2600 Spider and Sprint Coupé respectively; both of which looked like their 2000 predecessors. The latter’s chassis design and body styles were retained, with minor revisions and improvements, but in place of the old, long-stroke, 2.0-litre four was a new, 2,584cc, twin-cam six-cylinder engine clearly descended from that of the immensely successful Giulietta. A maximum output of 145bhp was claimed for this unit when installed in the Sprint coupé and Spider, good enough for a top speed of around 125mph.
Cars Illustrated magazine reckoned this magnificent power unit ‘one of the smoothest, quietest running sixes, irrespective of the speed at which it is running, in our experience.’ Rarest of these two high-performance variants was the Spider, a total of only 2,255 being produced between 1962 and 1965. Today this rare and hitherto under-appreciated model is becoming increasingly sought after by discerning Alfisti.
This right-hand-drive Touring bodied 2600 is finished in classic red over a black interior and was imported to the UK in 1963. Most recently a new hood has been fitted. Mechanically both engine and transmission are in good order, with the splendid 6-cylinder engine allowing this Alfa Romeo plenty of power to keep up with modern day traffic. The carburettors have been converted from Solex to Webers. A wonderful Italian Spider, that should offer the next owner much enjoyment and would make the perfect car to participate in a number of rallies and events, offered with a realistic reserve.